David Parkinson Cockayne, Private 76551, 66th Field Amb., Royal Army Medical Corps
Died of dysentery 5th November 1917 in Greece, aged 37
Son of Alfred and the late Mary Cockayne, of Macclesfield; husband of Elizabeth Cockayne, of 2 Mansell Rd, Wellington, Salop.
David’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 16 November 1917:
SOLDIER’S DEATH IN SALONICA
Pte David Parkinson Cockayne, Royal Army Medical Corps, son of Mr A Cockayne, Ivy Bank, Whalley Hayes, Macclesfield, died from dysentery at Salonica on Nov 5th. Pte Cockayne, who was thirty-six years of age and married, was educated at the Modern School, and in civil life was in the employ of Mr Morris, grocer, Lawton St, Congleton. He enlisted just over two years ago and went to Salonica in January. Deceased was formerly connected with Christ Church, where the flag was flown half-mast on receipt of the sad intelligence. Two brothers are serving, namely Pte Frank, Ches Regt. (in Egypt) and Pte Harold, Notts and Derby Regt (in France).
Private David Cockayne is buried in Grave Ref. 33. of the Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery, Greece. His wife asked for the inscription “THY WILL O LORD BE DONE” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private David Cockayne, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Brother of Private Frank Cockayne, who served in Egypt with the Cheshire Regiment; and Private Harold Cockayne, who served in France with the Notts and Derby Regiment. Both are believed to have survived the war.